Managing Partner, Senior Trial Lawyer
Nationally known and top rated auto defect and California personal injury lawyer Brian D. Chase serves injured plaintiffs with trust, passion, and results.
What Being An Injury Advocate Means to Brian Chase
Assisting injured people to obtain justice from big corporations when they manufacture dangerous products that cause injuries due to placing profit over safety.
Helping accident victims collect what they are due from insurance companies that believe they are solely in business to collect premiums, as opposed to the business of paying valid claims. The satisfaction of helping someone recover their life after an accident or injury, especially one from the wrongdoing of others. This is what matters most to Brian Chase.
About Brian D. Chase
Brian Chase is managing partner and senior trial attorney that heads up the litigation department of the firm. Mr. Chase was named Litigator of the Year, Top 1% by the Natl. Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel, Litigator of the Year by the AIOTL and Top Plaintiff Lawyer, Daily Journal, Lawyer of the Year, Million Dollar Advocate, American Academy of Attorneys $500M Club, Best Law Firm, and dozens of other top-rated honors.
He was the former President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a Past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a current member of ABOTA, an organization that upholds the highest standards of trial attorneys. In 2014 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in products liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.
He is listed as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2007. He’s also been listed as the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He’s earned the title of Southern California SuperLawyer since 2007 and a Top 50 Orange County SuperLawyer for the past 15 years.
Brian is a board member of the Brain Society of California which was established to help those who have suffered a serious traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of The Trial Lawyer Institute and Diversity Law Institute.
In 2009, Mr. Chase had his book “Still Unsafe at Any Speed”- dealing with the auto industry and defective vehicles, published. He released an update in 2019 titled, “The Second Collision”, a follow-up about the catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths caused by auto defects. He is a frequent lecturer nationwide on litigation-related topics and has been a frequent guest on radio and television, including appearances on “CBS Special Reports,” “Peter Jennings/World News Tonight,” “Fox 11 News” and “America’s Best Lawyers.”
Brian was the lead attorney on four important, precedent-setting appellate opinions: Martinez-Mazon v. Ford Motor Company (auto products defect case dealing with Forum Non-Conveniens); Romine v. Johnson Controls (auto products defects case dealing with consumer expectation test for proving defect); Schreiber v. Estate of Kiser (California Supreme Court case dealing with expert witness designations); and Hernandez v. State of California (dealing with governmental design immunity). Brian Chase is a passionate personal injury attorney who understands what you are going through and will protect your rights.
Brian focuses his efforts on auto defects and defective or dangerous products. He’s made a name for himself fighting some of the biggest corporate giants in the name of fairness to his clients. From car defects to consumer products that fail to warn or harm, Brian is the man for the job.
“I specifically went to law school to become a personal injury trial attorney. It is what I love, what I do, and what I am.” – Brian Chase.
Some of Brian Chase's Case Results
Award Amount Type of Case
$117,500,000 Consumer Class Action
$38,650,000 Motorcycle Accident
$24,700,000 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure
$23,091,000 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure + MVA
$16,444,904 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure
$12,238,000 Auto Defect
$10,591,098 Auto Defect – 15 Passenger Van Rollover
$10,200,000 Auto Defect/Auto Negligence
$10,030,000 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure
$6,800,000 Auto Defect – Airbag Failure/Commercial Trucking Accident
$5,500,000 Auto Defect
$6,777,258 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure
$4,750,000 Auto Defect – Roof Crush/Rollover
$4,250,000 Auto Defect – Defective Seatbelt
$3,000,000 Auto Defect – Seatback Failure in a Rollover
$3,000,000 Auto Defect – Roof Crush/Rollover
$2,815,958 Motor Vehicle Accident
$2,200,000 Defective Medical Device
$1,500,000 Auto Defect – Roof Crush/Rollover
2014 - 2022 Best Lawyers in America
Brian Chase featured in Best Lawyers in America magazine
Brian Chase was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.
MCLE Certified in Auto Defects & Awards
Brian Chase is in-house certified to teach the course “How to Identify Auto Defect Cases” with a 1.5 hour credit for your MCLE.
Brian Chase is a Top Attorney on Avvo.com and has a superior record in representing injured plaintiffs throughout California.
Awards and Honors
Former CAOC President
Former OCTLA President
Former Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee, CAALA
Two-time Trial Lawyer of the Year for Products Liability OCTLA
Trial Attorney of the Year, CAOC
2022 Chair-Elect – OCBA Tort & Trial Section
2022 Best Law Firms in America
2022 Elite Lawyer
2022 Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®
2022 Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers
2021 Top Plaintiff Lawyer, Daily Journal
2022 Top 10% Lawyers of Distinction
2022 Top 1% by the Natl. Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel
2022 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers
2022 Litigator of the Year by the AIOTL
2022 America’s Top 100 Attorneys
2022 Top 10 National Trial Lawyer High Stakes Litigator
2019 Million Dollar Advocate
2013 Top Attorney in O.C. Award
Prestigious Member of the $500M Club
Member of the American Institute of Legal Advocates
Board Member of the Brain Society of California
California Supreme Court and Appellate Court case winner
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, ATLA – Since 2007
Top 50 Orange County Lawyers, SuperLawyers
Author, ‘Second Collision’
Author, ‘Still Unsafe At Any Speed‘
Author of numerous legal publication articles
National Speaker on Personal Injury and Product Defect Law
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
LCA Order of Justitia
LCA Order of Certus